Friday, October 21, 2011

On Feschuk - part two

There is no doubt that the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote the best piece on Floorball to date in America - in his text "a creative edge for Hockey players".

His headline define that a Hockey Player gets a creative edge by playing Floorball and the text also describes the speed of Floorball.
I just want to develop this a bit more and how it in reality may work for a Hockey player. A floorball stick is lighter, shorter and more aerodynamic as compared to the Hockey stick, further the ball is much lighter as compared to the puck.
This provides a Floorball player with a significantly higher speed as he/she shoots or do basic dribble practice. So Floorball works in a way to un-leash the speed boundaries of hockey (due to physical limitations, mainly of weight, in the equipment). So a Hockey player can try to shot and dribble much faster as they normally would be able to with their regular equipment as they do it with a Floorball stick.
It is like a high jumper that average around 6 feet - suddenly would start to practice with a new floor and new shoes that would make him/her jump over 7 feet.

Is this good for the hockey player? For the mental aspect I am fully convinced - it is a good thing. It works like a way to push the envelope. If the Hockey player we talk about plays goalie the other obvious benefit is that as the Floorball ball comes flying much faster as compared to a puck, well he/she needs faster movements.
My own experience as I go to the Hockey rink - it feels like slap-shots fly forward in kind of a slow-motion movement. I do not think I would have that feeling if I did not play Floorball. But of course this is a highly subjective feeling and not something I may verify, beside of the actual speed.

Part three in this series will develop the speed issue into something I define as "comparative speed". A subject that might be developed a bit from what Mr. Feschuk cover in the text “a creative edge for Hockey players”.
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!